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General Discussion Area / Re: Big vote tomorrow.
« on: 20 January 2019, 15:59:33 »
The reason it is a mess is because you have a remainer PM & MP majority determined to keep us in the EU. May's deal is deliberately so awful & locks us permanently into its crippling terms with the backstop so we are a vassal state at the mercy of the Brussels' dictatorship with no say on what they impose and we have to make a 39bn reparations downpayment for nothing. The deal also includes them taking control of our armed forces & what equipment they can procure.

The last time the French imposed such damning terms was at the Treaty of Versailles and it lead to the rise of Fascism, Hitler & WWII. May's BRINO deal will do the same, if passed, as the only way we can escape these terms in this international treaty will be through politics by other means, which is war. I would prefer my children & grandchildren not to be part of another decimated generation, but I don't see any other get out. As usual it will be us, the normal citizens, that will pay the price of the establishment's folly & personal EU enrichment at our expense.

UKIP has already been hijacked by the far right, so that is your new fascist party, Labour is your far left Marxist one & May is destroying her nasty party, where many people, including me, will never vote for them again. Corbyn's Marxist party now has a 3% lead in the polls. To date we have kept the far left & right parties as minorities but not anymore if BRINO happens. 17.4m Leavers voters who are being ignored by the establishment again and many will take direct action like the French Yellow Jackets until they aren't ignored.

A moderate senior Tory party member said Brexit was a safely valve where no UK political party now represents the working class & they have seen their wages & working conditions hammered through a combination of mass migration & globalization. Where their vote is ignored by the politicians they are now directly shouting at them like calling Soubry a Nazi & if they are still ignored civil disobedience and worse are next. Personally, I've never known such a large section of the electorate to be so angry even the attempted imposition of the Poll Tax was not as bad and we know what happened there.

So if the Remainers succeed in destroying UK democracy by ignoring a clear mandate from 17.4m leavers & handing control of the UK to Brussels so we are a province of the new German empire, we are not going to shrug our shoulders & say that's alright then. May & her grey suits are playing with fire.
Maybe, just maybe, she is playing for time. Like a rugby match at 75 minutes she just needs to maintain the status quo and avoid going into extra time to deliver the brexit that the majority voted for.....

General Discussion Area / Re: what is it?
« on: 19 January 2019, 17:25:20 »
Motorola intelligence everywhere appears to be a mesh network technology that supports video surveillance

George Orwell predicted something like this IIRC. ..

General Car Chat / How much for scrap?
« on: 16 January 2019, 22:46:25 »
Has anyone weighed in an Omega for scrap recently?

My Elite runs sweetly and (almost) everything works as it should but it has done 212,00 miles and doesn't have an MOT.

Realistically I am too far from OOF central for anyone to pop over and strip it for parts and I don't have the time. :(

General Car Chat / Re: Expert opinion
« on: 15 January 2019, 23:24:43 »
Does your alternator have the pulley with an overrun clutch built in?

I found an article (after I had changed SWMBOs alternator pulley) saying that both should be replaced ifwhen one fails.

(SWMBOs Galaxy has a 4cyl VW TDi engine - I don't know if they share any DNA with your Phaeton engine)

Cars for Sale & wanted / 2003 Red MV6 3.2 Estate - for sale
« on: 13 January 2019, 22:25:02 »
2003 3.2 MV6 Estate - MOT due 29th Nov 2019

This car puts a smile on my face every time I drive it but SWMBO refuses to drive it and I have bought a Galaxy :-( so it has to go.

I bought this car from JamesV6CDX who bought from MisterRog.

James replaced a coil pack to fix a misfire and replaced the front crank oil seal but didn't feel strong enough to change a rear wheel bearing which is why I got the chance to buy it. I drove it for a year and then fitted a new bearing to the nearside rear. There is still a slight leak from the front of the engine but I cannot see whether it is still the crank seal or from higher up :-\

Just before I took delivery the instruments failed so James fitted a spare instrument cluster. The old one shows 114857 miles. The first time I drove it the replacement showed 106454 miles so the displayed mileage is under by about 8500 miles.

The CCR2006 (radio/cassette/4 CD changer) has a loose front panel and doesn't auto tune. It occasionaly refuses to accept the CD cassette and needs to be reset by pulling it out briefly. MisterRog left a spare radio in the boot but I don't have a code for it.

The towing eye cover is missing from the front bumper.

Front and rear bumpers have the marks from 'nudge parking'

The passenger door has a matt finish to the paint - I was going to either replace the door or polish/respray it but never found time.

Being a 3.2 it brings up the 0420/0430 pre-cat efficiency codes on a fairly regular basis.

Price 700 - located on the Cornwall/Devon border

MOT result

Date tested 30 November 2018
Mileage 115,426 miles
MOT test number 4634 4862 7103
Test location
View test location
Expiry date 29 November 2019
Repair as soon as possible (minor defects):

    Offside Windscreen damaged but not adversely affecting driver's view (3.2 (a) (i))
    Nearside Windscreen wiper blade defective (3.4 (b) (i))
    Offside Windscreen wiper blade defective (3.4 (b) (i))

Monitor and repair if necessary (advisories):

    Steering column top bearing slightly worn (2.2.2 (b))
    Nearside Rear Tyre worn close to legal limit/worn on edge (5.2.3 (e))
    Offside Rear Tyre worn close to legal limit/worn on edge (5.2.3 (e))
    Oil leak, but not excessive close to excess (8.4.1 (a) (i))
    Nearside Rear Sub-frame pin or bush worn but not resulting in excessive movement front bush to body (5.3.4 (a) (i))
    Offside Rear Sub-frame pin or bush worn but not resulting in excessive movement front bush to body (5.3.4 (a) (i))
    Nearside Rear Brake pipe corroded, covered in grease or other material (1.1.11 (c))
    Offside Rear Brake pipe corroded, covered in grease or other material (1.1.11 (c))
    Nearside Front Brake disc worn, pitted or scored, but not seriously weakened (1.1.14 (a) (ii))
    Offside Front Brake disc worn, pitted or scored, but not seriously weakened (1.1.14 (a) (ii))

General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 13 January 2019, 16:11:24 »

Chimneys tomorrow then, or perhaps down a tin mine. :D


In this part of Cornwall they mined copper first. Then arsenic. What could possibly go wrong?

Cars for Sale & wanted / 2003 Elite 2.6 - No MOT
« on: 12 January 2019, 23:48:15 »
Back in May 2017 I got a fresh MOT on this car ready to sell it and then for all sorts of reasons didn't get a round tuit.

I drove it work  few times and then disconnected the battery and parked it. Mileage now 212660

Good bits
Cam belt changed at 200000 miles
Working BOSE sound system
working HIDs & level sensors
Straight panels
poly-bushed wishbones
Tow bar

Bad bits
Reverse slow to engage
rusty oil pan - drips oil
Noisy differential (or might be centre prop bearing)
rusty brake discs (been parked for 18 months)
Tires need replacing for MOT
Tyres lose pressure due to corrosion on wheel rims
Crusty wheel arches.
Air con needs re-gassing

Price 200 - buyer collects from Cornwall

Date tested 23 May 2017
Mileage 212,542 miles
MOT test number 1862 8981 6278
Test location
View test location
Expiry date 22 May 2018
Advisory notice item(s)

    Rear registration plate deteriorated but not likely to be misread (6.3.1d)
    Nearside Rear coil spring corroded (2.4.C.1b)
    Nearside Rear Sub-frame attachment slightly corroded (2.4.G.1)
    Offside Rear Sub-frame attachment slightly corroded (2.4.G.1)
    Nearside Front Sub-frame attachment slightly corroded (2.4.G.1)
    Offside Front Sub-frame attachment slightly corroded (2.4.G.1)
    Brake pipe slightly corroded Both front to rear (3.6.B.2c)
    Nearside Front brake disc worn, pitted or scored, but not seriously weakened Inner face corroded (3.5.1i)
    Offside Front brake disc worn, pitted or scored, but not seriously weakened Inner face corroded (3.5.1i)
    Oil leak Engine sump corroded ()
    Front Brakes imbalanced requirements only just met. It would appear that the braking system requires adjustment or repair. 24% inballance (3.7.B.5b)

General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 12 January 2019, 22:39:27 »
Refitted the battery to the Elite (which has been parked up since May 2017). Started first turn of the key and purred into life without any unusual noise  :y

Drove it out of it's resting place and had some help washing it.

Omega General Help / Re: Astra H SRi 2.0 Turbo brakes on Omega?
« on: 12 January 2019, 08:50:00 »
When I press the pedal smoothly the movement is quite long and I have a feeling of bad brakes. When I quickly release pedal and make another press the movement is much shorter and brakes are much more powerful. like the assistant worked more effectively in the first centimeters of the movement.
new discs, pads and a flush of the brake fluid should fix that

Omega General Help / Re: 3.0 V6 Auto Gearbox Problem
« on: 10 January 2019, 22:19:20 »
Ok, I might have to take it to Vauxhall
I would try to find someone with Tech2 who knows how to use it (either an enthusiast or an independent technician)

I can read the codes and live data for the gearbox in my 3.2 and my 2.6 using the "scanmyopel" app on my Android phone with a 15 bluetooth adapter. I don't know if that would work on your 3.0 :-\

One of the OOF admins was based in Scotland and was able to offer Tech2 services but I haven't seen him posting for a while - don't know if he still has his Tech2  :-\

Omega General Help / Re: What is an A Frame mount
« on: 02 January 2019, 04:49:26 »
Could also be the doughnut bushes

General Car Chat / Re: What's the best way....
« on: 01 January 2019, 22:50:44 »
Oops - my reply isn't going to help in getting the rear discs off a wrong wheel drive car ::)

General Car Chat / Re: What's the best way....
« on: 01 January 2019, 21:50:36 »
I had this problem on the MV6 last month.

I tried a little 'light persuasion' but I wasn't prepared to hit it hard enough to make it let go.

Plan B was to take out the retaining screw and wheel bolts - started the engine, stuck it in 'drive' and applied the brake repeatedly until the disc released it's grip on the hub.  :y

The disc can't go anywhere because the caliper is holding it in place.

Edit - the drag in the gearbox is enough to turn the wheels so no need to apply lots of throttle - just press the brake each time the disc starts turning at about walking pace until it eventually lets go.

Omega General Help / Re: Pipes at rear of plenum...
« on: 27 December 2018, 15:15:27 »
Assuming that the pipes are still a snug fit you can leave the clips off with no ill effects.

The pipes are all under a partial vacuum and get pulled on (rather than blown off) the spigots.

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